5 Things About Design and MeBy
Brian Gardner, creator of some of the finest WordPress themes out there, has started a meme (also known as a game of Bloggy Tag) on 5 Things About Design and Me. He tagged me along with four of my blogging pals (Randa, Charity, David and Tara) to kick this off.
What is something that would surprise people about you and design?
Like Brian, when it comes to WordPress and blog design I am completely self-taught. Actually when it comes to web design, development, coding and such, I am self-taught on all of it (like Randa and Lisa). In 1996 when I first started my business I did a lot of document formatting and production using MS Word. Somewhere along the way the Web design bug bit me and I just kept at it. Over the years I have learned a lot through trial and error, using sites and designs I like as inspiration, and I have listened to the needs of my clients and tried to design the kind of site that works best for their individual needs.
If you could design one bloggerâ€™s site for free, who would it be?
One of the most enthusiastic bloggers I have met is Eliza (HomeMom3). If she ever gets ready to move to her own domain, I would love to help her really find a look that will show off her personality and content.
What blog platform do you prefer, and why?
WordPress is absolutely my number 1 choice as a blog platform. The developer community that is built around WordPress is amazing. If you just look at the sheer number of plugins available, free WordPress themes and number of blogs built on the platform it is just a testament to the power of WordPress. I have begun using WordPress as a way to build traditionally static sites that have a CMS component. Clients like it because they can maintain their own content with out having to know HTML. Brian’s new Revolution theme is going to give even more designers the tools needed to create great looking CMS-based sites in a fraction of the time.
Aside from your own, what is your favorite blog theme/template?
Do you have a blog-reading guilty pleasure?
Not really. I love starting my morning with a cup of coffee and Google Reader. I scroll through and look for articles I want to read, then I open each in a new tab to get the full reading experience. I have my reader organized into quite a few categories and it could possibly make the average person’s head spin. But, I have wide range of reading interests and I don’t want to miss anything! Some days I will check back in while surfing on my laptop while the family watches TV.
Well, Brian started the list off with 5, but I don’t think I have that much restraint. I would like to hear from the following designers:Â Dawud, Lisa, Vivienne, Tony, Aaron, Mike, Mike R., and Mike S .